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3GT Episode 20: Common Grace? Paranormal Activity?

In this episode, the guys catch up a bit (until the 13 minute mark) and then move into their two main topics: common grace and demon possession.

https://threeguystheologizing.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/3gt-21.mp3

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The article by Dr. Richard Gallagher can be found here.

My book on the subject of Satan’s fall and its influence on history can be found here for free.

A Bit of Audio

A few picks for the podcast inclined:

Intelligence Squared Debates: Give Undocumented Immigrants a Path to Citizenship? A fair-minded debate exploring the issue.
Sam Harris Podcast, Waking Up: The Most Powerful Clown. While Sam Harris certainly lands on the left, his analysis of Trump is still fair at many points and deserves a listen (though keep in mind he is an outspoken atheist).
Unbelievable: What Happened at the Cross? N.T. Wright and Tom Schreiner debate. In typical fashion, N.T. Wright foregrounds what should be situated more in the background. This leads to a misplacement of emphasis which can prove to be more than a little frustrating.

On quick note, the next episode of 3GT should be releasing soon.  Do forgive our tardiness!  But it should be a good one. So stay tuned!

Is the Write-In Vote that Ill-Conceived? A Brief Response to Pastor Robert Jeffress

I had one of those long, face scrunching moments while reading Dr. Robert Jeffress’ article “Why Christians must vote in this election (staying home is not an option).” It’s found here in the Fox News Opinion section.

My facial contortion began right out of the gate. Here’s how Pastor Jeffress begins,

“I hear the lament often from conservative Christians as I travel the country: ‘How can I vote for either of these candidates with a clear conscience?’

Increasingly, many Christians are choosing the stay-at-home option (or throw away their vote with a write-in candidate option) as a way to maintain their integrity.

Frankly, I understand the appeal of such a choice. Not voting allows Christians to avoid both having to make a difficult choice or defending an unpopular choice to disapproving friends or family members. And let’s face it, playing the “conscience card” allows someone to feel holier than other Christians who sully themselves by getting involved in the political process.”

Now in an election where rhetoric already registers a ten on the Richter scale, one might hope for more charity (expressed through fairness) in the Christian quadrant. But as one might have noticed, that isn’t always […]

What Should Be One of My Chief Aims at Church?

The answer is quite simple: encouragement.

Now not just your own encouragement, which is important enough, but the encouragement of others. That’s the aim. That’s where the emphasis falls.

In a section like 1 Corinthians 12-14, where Paul addresses spiritual gifts, and the attendant misuse among the Corinthian saints, the apostle exhibits both a clear and sustained emphasis upon encouragement.

Here’s a sampling to make the point. Why are gifts given?

A Few Christian Voices on the 2016 Election

Recent thoughts from a few Christians on the state of the election:

Wayne Grudem, “Trump’s Moral Character and the Election.”
Douglas Wilson, “A Fight In a Leper Colony.”
John Piper, “A Tweet.”
Al Mohler, “The Briefing 10/19/16.”
James White, “My Thoughts on the State of our Culture and the 2016 Election.”

Mr. White reads a letter from President John Adams that is worth considering.  I will paste part of it here.

A Remarkable Outlook

Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. (1 Peter 2:18-21)

Peter’s words are utterly remarkable, if not baffling to many. Peter tells slaves(1) that they are to be subject to their masters with all respect (or fear), even the ones that are harsh and unjust.

Think about that. All respect. Even unto those that abuse you.

So You Want to Dive Into Podcasts and Audiobooks?

I am asked fairly often what it is I like to listen to. That is usually followed up with a question as to how one might go about doing such a thing.

Well, here recently, someone asked that very question, and when I finished writing up a brief overview of the process, I thought it would be good to post my musings here. Perhaps you too would like to dive into the world of podcasts and audiobooks.

If so, here is a simple how to:

3GT: Which Path?

The gents begin by discussing the contours of a credible profession of faith (with an eye on Trump).  Next comes a brief exploration of the ESV Permanent Text.  And lastly, we segue right into a discussion on the ethics of voting (and yes, with an eye on Trump again).

One Tasty Audio Pick… And Let’s Toss in a Movie for Fun

So the theme is ethical dilemmas.

Both the RadioLab episode and the movie I’m about to recommend present us with situations that unsettle our ethical equilibrium.  Sometimes life in a cursed, sin filled world create impossible situations.  Choice A is bad.  And so is choice B.  So which do you choose and why?  That’s where the conversation must inevitably turn.

So tune in to RadioLab’s powerful episode Playing God for an example of this problem.  And if that isn’t enough, check out the movie Eye in the Sky.  Both are well worth your attention.

Oh, and if you don’t know anything about the movie Eye in the Sky and you are interested (Warning: some language and a little bit of violence), don’t watch the trailer.  It gives too much away.  Just jump in.

Maybe I can get the 3GT gents to discuss these?…

We shall see.